Injury Risk and Prevention

New Musicians Performance Pain Symptom Monitor

Athletes and the Arts in collaboration with PAMA (Performing Arts Medicine Association), and New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic & Assistance Foundation have developed a new tool to monitor musicians performance pain.  Musicians are strongly encouraged to complete this form to aid in their care.
Performance Pain Symptom Monitor (scroll to the bottom of the page that opens to find the performance pain symptom monitor)

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Are performing artists athletes?

WATCH this video and decide for yourself  (click the image to open and play the video)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Athletes and the Arts – The Role of Sports Medicine in the Performing Arts

“Athletes and the Arts – The Role of Sports Medicine in the Performing Arts”
Dick, Randall W. MS, FACSM; Berning, Jacqueline R. PhD, RD, CSSD; Dawson, William MD, BS, FAAOS; Ginsburg, Richard D. PhD; Miller, Clay MD, MFA, PMR; Shybut, George T. MD
Published in Current Sports Medicine Reports, November/December 2013, Volume 12, Issue 6, p. 397-403.
Abstract
Performing artists are athletes. Like athletes, performing artists practice and/or perform most days with little off season, play through pain, “compete” in …

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Preventing dance injuries: current perspectives

From the abstract “Preventing dance injuries: current perspectives” by Dr. Jeffrey A. Russell of Ohio University:
“Dancers are clearly athletes in the degree to which sophisticated physical capacities are required to perform at a high level. The standard complement of athletic attributes – muscular strength and endurance, anaerobic and aerobic energy utilization, speed, agility, coordination, motor control, and psychological readiness – all are essential to dance performance. In dance, as in any athletic activity, injuries are prevalent. This paper presents …

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Focal Dystonia – One Page Fact Sheet

Focal dystonia is an abnormal movement disorder that develops when a person is attempting to perform a specific task such as playing a musical instrument. It shows in the loss of voluntary muscle control while playing an instrument. Focal dystonia can affect any group of muscles in the body including the face, lips, tongue, neck, arms or legs.
 
Download the Focal Dystonia (PDF) one-page fact sheet.

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Video Interview: Alice Brandfonbrener, PAMA Founder

Video Interview: Alice Brandfonbrener from Performing Arts Medicine on Vimeo.
Alice Brandfonbrener discusses the creation of the Performing Arts Medicine Association

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PODCAST – Athletes and the Arts Initiative

Athletes and the Arts Program: Initiative
PODCAST – Randy Dick, FACSM on the Health Radio – Sports Medicine and Fitness Show discussing the Athletes and the Arts Initiative.

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PODCAST – Health Issues and Sports Athletes

Athletes and the Arts Program: Health Issues and Sports Athletes
PODCAST – Randy Dick, FACSM on the Health Radio – Sports Medicine and Fitness Show discussing health issues related to dancers.

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